The air you breathe is as important as the food you eat to keeping your body and mind healthy. There are lots of easy things you can do to make your indoor air healthier. Even small changes can make a difference so try something today!
RUN YOUR RANGE HOOD FAN
Like bathing, cooking generates lots of moisture as well as emissions from gas stoves and some Teflon and non-stick pans. By running a range hood that vents to the outside you can keep moisture and chemicals out of your kitchen breathing space!
SKIP SCENTED CANDLES
Unfortunately, the pretty candles around your house have a pretty bad influence on your indoor air quality because their fragrances, paraffin wax, and wicks with heavy metal cores put off chemicals that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Pack them up and get them out!
SWIFFER YOUR WALLS
Dust collects everywhere and your walls are no exception. A quick “Swiffer” of the walls (and ceilings) will do the trick. Best of all, you only have to do it once a year!
Furnaces, air conditioning units, vacuum cleaners – if it has a filter it needs to be changed on a regular basis. If you can’t remember the last time you did it, it is time. Use a MERV 11 or 13 filter.
STORE CHEMICALS OUTSIDE
Paints, pesticides, non-green cleaning and laundry products, and other household chemicals should be stored outside of the house. If that isn’t possible, they should be sealed tightly and stored in a cool, dry place away from forced air systems and ducts. Even if you don’t think you are chemically sensitive, take care when handling these products – you could get a big hit of chemicals that leave you not feeling great.
Concerned about how conditions in your home are affecting your health? Get your Hayward Score today.